Steven Gerrard BANNED ketchup at Aston Villa and spoke of messages from Klopp ahead of Liverpool return

ASTON VILLA boss Steven Gerrard banned ketchup from the canteen as one of the first moves to impose his authority on the club.

Gerrard took over from the sacked Dean Smith in November, revealing changes he had made in his first press conference ahead of the Brighton game.

Gerrard at his first Aston Villa press conference


Gerrard at his first Aston Villa press conferencePhoto credit: Getty
And said ketchup wasn't allowed in the club


And said ketchup wasn’t allowed in the clubPhoto credit: Getty

The 41-year-old revealed Aston Villa players don’t have time for treats and can’t afford the luxury of dipping their chips in ketchup.

In his press conference, Gerrard laughed: “It was banned before I saw it!

“The players have to have the right mentality. Go beyond that. They have to strive to be elite.”

He’s following in the footsteps of Antonio Conte, who outright banned ketchup and mayonnaise at Tottenham to help his stars shed some weight.

Gerrard went on to say he spoke to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp about his emotional return to Anfield after arriving in the West Midlands.

The Liverpool legend was promised a famous Klopp bear hug as he lined up at the Anfield dugout – on the away team’s bench – which he received on December 11 as the Reds won 1-0.

Ahead of the game, Gerrard said last year: “I’ve been in touch with Klopp since day one. We live in the same area and I meet him when he walks his dogs. He’s a great coach and I hope he stays for a long time.

“He texted me that he’s looking forward to a big hug by the side on December 11th and I’m looking forward to that too.”

Gerrard’s Villa deal expires in 2024 and that has led to speculation that the ex-Englandman was eyeing a return to Anfield even before his first game at Villa.

However, Klopp recently signed a two-year extension to end reports that Gerrard is a potential replacement for now.

But Gerrar, who could give Liverpool the title by beating Man City for them on Sunday, was quick to insist his eyes were firmly on the task at hand at Villa Park and not keeping a close eye on Liverpool going forward.

He said: “It’s very unfair to call this a stepping stone, you’ll never hear me say that.

“I’m really honored and proud to be here. I’m totally into it and will give this job everything it takes to be successful.

“I am 100 percent committed and so are my employees. There is nothing wrong with having dreams and ambitions.”

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